When it comes to Section II boys lacrosse, no league is better than the Suburban Council.
From the minefield that is the Blue Division with such powers as Niskayuna, Shenendehowa and Guilderland to the upstart Gold Division, the Suburban Council is loaded with talent.
"All of the Suburban Council is strong, and Section II is getting stronger," said Ballston Spa coach Kevin Dayton.
Both divisions will be up for grabs this year, as last year's winners " Niskayuna (Blue) and Columbia (Gold) " deal with the graduation of key players and opponents loaded with veteran talent.
"I think all of the Blue Division teams are going to be strong this year," said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. "Shenendehowa has a lot of three-year players on its roster, so it should be very good. Shaker, Guilderland and Saratoga should also be very good."
"I think the Gold Division will be an exciting division. The games should all be close and a lot of fun," said Columbia coach Kyle Randall.
Here is a look at the 10 Suburban Council teams.
Head coach: Sean McConaghy
Key veterans: Kip Stillman (long-stick midfielder), Jordan Dubose (midfielder), Ron Buck (attack), Uriah Myrie (attack), Aaron Cahill (midfielder), Chris Conway (midfielder), Matt Stillman (midfielder), Scott Raffensperger (defenseman)
Key newcomers: Rory Nunamacher (midfielder), Brian Linehan (attack), Quinn Connell (attack)
Outlook: The Dutchmen " last year's class A runners-up " should score a lot of goals with the return of Buck, Myrie, Cahill and Dubose. Preventing teams from scoring goals will be a challenge, though.
"We've got all junior defensemen who played JV last year, so we don't know yet," said McConaghy.
McConaghy added that this year's team is the least lacrosse-savvy group he's had in his three years at the helm.
"We're a better athletic team than any team since I've been here, but we don't have a lot of true lacrosse players," he said.